“FKF Right in Declaring Gor Mahia as Champions,” rules Court

The Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) endorsed a decision by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) declaring record Kenyan Premier League (KPL) winners Gor Mahia as Kenya’s top-flight league champions.

The Tribunal boss John Ohaga ruled that FKF was within its rights to make the decision of declaring Gor Mahia as the KPL 2019/20 champions.

The ruling effectively paves way for the 2020/21 KPL season which is expected to commence as soon as the government gives the green light for the resumption of sports activities in the country.

FKF made the decision on  April 30 this year at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic that had made the government to halt sports activities and any social gathering events in the country.

However, KPL contested the decision, arguing that due process wasn’t followed as it was the only entity with the authority to make a decision on whether to stop the league.

Reacting to the ruling, KPL CEO Jack Oguda said they have no choice but ‘to respect the ruling’.

“We have to accept the ruling, that is the rule of law. The shareholders (KPL clubs chairmen) will have to decide on the next step,” said Oguda.

On April 30th, 2020, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa announced Gor Mahia are the 2019/2020 Kenya Premier League Champions.

“Ooh and Congratulations Gor Mahia ! You are champions once again and you will represent Kenya on the champions league next season. Let’s do this! — Nick Mwendwa (@Nmwendwa) April 30, 2020.

The FKF boss went on to point out where the decision was derived from in the law – Section 2.6 of the FKF constitution which governs failure to complete the league.